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Are You Registered To Vote?

Residents in the Borough of Scarborough should have received a form over the last week asking them to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct as part of Scarborough Borough Council's annual voter registration canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

With Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place across North Yorkshire in May 2016 and any ad hoc council by-elections that might need to be held within the next 12 months, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when elections take place they will easily be able to take part.

Kerry Russett, Scarborough Borough Council Elections Manager said:
"Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections during the next year, simply check the form when it arrives and deal with it as promptly as possible following the instructions provided with the form."

"If you're not currently registered, we'll send you information explaining how to do this or you can just go online to apply to register at"

It's particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered.

Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that across Great Britain, recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. The research showed that 94 % of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

The same research indicates that whilst almost 95% of outright home owners are registered, this is the case for only 63% of private renters.

Kay Jenkins, Head of English Regions at the Electoral Commission said:
"The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to easily check whether they're registered. It's essential for a healthy democracy that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to and for those who need to register, it's now easier than ever with the online system of registration."

"If you have changed address in the last year, it's particularly likely that you will need to register at your new address, so check the form as soon as it arrives."

Any residents who have any questions, can contact the council's Elections team for assistance by emailing or calling 01723 232309 during normal office hours, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm.

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